FAQ 30

Question:

It is often said that cleaning is important. Do gods descend on a clean place? What’s that got to do with fortune?

  • descend 降りる
  • has got to do with A Aと関係がある
  • fortune 運気

Answer:

Dust and rubbish are where low-level spirits come. What is called “Binbo-gami”(貧乏神、a deity of poverty)gathers around such places. Divine spirits never land on a household Shinto altar covered with dust.

  • dust 埃
  • rubbish ゴミ
  • what is called いわゆる
  • land  降りる
  • household Shinto altar 神棚

Also, a Shinto shrine on which sacred energy comes down attracts a person who cleans it up. So if you check the cleanness of a shrine, you’ll see whether or not it is a good shrine sacred spirits descend on. God’s power attracts a sweeper.

  • attract 引き付ける
  • whether or not S+V SがVするかどうか
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